Three years later, no one has claimed woman’s torso left near I-70

| 7/19/2007

It’s been three years since groundskeepers found a woman’s severed torso at a rest stop on Interstate 70 near St. Louis.

Near Wright City, MO, the workers found the body of a light-skinned woman with brown hair, wearing only a black bra. Someone had removed her head, arms and lower legs, according to The Associated Press, and police believe she was killed and then dumped between 11 p.m. on Sunday, June 27, 2004, and dawn on June 28, 2004.

Investigators have gained little ground since, even after combing through 900 missing person cases and performing multiple searches near the rest area with cadaver dogs.

The woman was believed to be physically fit and between the ages of 20 and 40 years old. She had two surgical scars, including one from an appendectomy and another from a Caesarean section.

Warren County Coroner Roger Mauzy told The AP he believed the woman had tattoos on both shoulders and ankles, and that her killer removed them to make it more difficult to identify her.

Mauzy’s department paid to have the woman’s remains buried in late 2004 at an undisclosed site.

Anyone with information about the woman or her slaying is asked to contact the Warren County Sheriff’s Department at (636) 456-4332.

“I live by the theory that everybody’s got somebody,” Mauzy told The AP. “By virtue of state law, I am her next of kin, and that’s not right.”

– “Land Line Now” host Mark Reddig contributed to this report.